Governor Greg Abbott on Monday met with a number of federal officials in Washington D.C. including President Donald Trump and various cabinet secretaries to discuss a range of issues facing Texas and our nation. During the meetings, the Governor spoke about number of different topics, including Hurricane Harvey recovery.
As Hurricane Harvey recovery remains a top priority for Texas, Governor Abbott met with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Pam Patenaude. During the meeting they discussed the importance of working together to speed up the process for providing Texas with necessary Community Development Block Grant funding. He thanked Secretary Patenaude and HUD for their commitment to helping Texas families recover, while also expressing the continued urgency of helping Texans affected by Harvey receive the resources they need to continue the rebuilding process.
The Governor met with FEMA Administrator Brock Long to discuss the ongoing recovery in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Both sides talked about their mutual commitment of making sure Texans continue to receive the help they need, and working together to get relief to Texans faster.
The Governor concluded the day with a meeting with Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Governor Abbott discussed the importance of constructing, and plans for building, projects in Texas to prevent future flooding. Governor Abbott has maintained that Texas’ goal is to rebuild faster and smarter following Hurricane Harvey, and these mitigation projects are essential to minimizing the impact of future natural disasters.